Agencies Need More Tech Expertise to Support Future Data Privacy Legislation

California Rep. Zoe Lofgren said her proposed bill to govern data privacy standards will require expert judgements by regulatory agencies.

House Bill Would Create FTC Bureau to Oversee Online Platforms

The bill takes a different route to big tech oversight than other legislation.

Democratic Lawmakers Take Aim at Discriminatory Private Sector Algorithms

The Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022 would require companies that use algorithms in select business operations to report on how they work and what data they use. 

Democratic Lawmakers Call for Ban of Surveillance Advertising

Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Anna Eshoo asked the Federal Trade Commission to consider prohibiting targeted advertising through personal user data.

FTC Warns of 18-Fold Surge in Investment, ‘Romance’ Scams on Social Media

More than 95,000 Americans were bilked over social media in 2021 resulting in losses approaching $1 billion.

FTC warns of legal risks of failing on Log4j mitigation

The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning this week urging companies to take "reasonable steps" to mitigate known software vulnerabilities or face potential legal consequences, recalling the $700 million settlement Equifax paid for a major breach in 2017.

FTC Investigating Major Retailers Over Supply Chain Backlog

The Federal Trade Commission requested data from nine large U.S. retailers to gauge causes of supply chain bottlenecks and rising prices.

Beware of Emails Promising a Third Stimulus Check, FTC Says

The emails are impersonating the IRS and soliciting personal and financial information.

Biden Backs DIY Fixes in ‘Right to Repair’ Dispute

The pandemic underscored the need for independent and individual repairs of laptops, tablets and phones, and other equipment.

Biden Executive Order on Competition Includes ‘Big Tech’

The executive order includes 72 programs and actions for the administration to take, four of which focus on increasing competition within the technology sector.

FTC Data Captures Record Surge in Cryptocurrency Scams

An official explained how “there are at least a couple of things in play” that are contributing to the highs.

FTC Warns the AI Industry: Don't Discriminate, or Else

“Keep in mind that if you don’t hold yourself accountable, the FTC may do it for you,” an agency blog post said.

FTC Approves Settlement with Travel Company that Exposed Database of Customers’ Information

The agency ordered SkyMed International to shore up its information security practices. 

FTC Warns ‘U.S. Trading Commission’ Website Is a Scam

Whoever is behind the site is using the Federal Trade Commission's logo and address.

Biden Appoints Acting Chairs at FCC, FTC

The appointments position the regulatory agencies to take a more aggressive stance against the tech industry.

Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scammers, FTC Warns

The Federal Trade Commission expects some opportunists to attempt to bilk the public when COVID-19 vaccines are made available.